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best salter/sander for the money

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Team_Arctic, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    im sure im beating a dead horse with this question but what would be the best salter for the money? currently i have a snow-ex salter the 575 and it works good its just getting tired and i think im going to replace it before the season starts. i would like to get one that "could" handle sand if needed but not planning on using sand, are the buyers salters anygood? they seem to be the cheapest?


  2. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446


    i wouldn't recommend strait sand in those types of spreaders unless it was extremely dry and maybe half the weight. travel creates additional packing,cold weather could create freezing if any moisture is in the sand and thus "one big salt lic". jmo
  3. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    yeah i realize that and im not planning on using sand unless i have to its just incase we get another shortage again and i like to use sand around the farm just for the hills on the drives. has anyone had any dealings with the buyers brand of salters? are they any good?
  4. sherwin

    sherwin Member
    Messages: 46

    Sounds like you want to stick with a tailgate spreader. Airflo MSS is a tried and proven one for spreading any material, we have 2 and they are workhorses, pricey though. Downeaster and Smith spreaders each have a small stainless one also, but I have no experience with them. Basically with these units you get the build of a full size v-box, in a smaller package, as opposed to the poly tailgates that all use a spinner and vibrators to run material through these use conveyors. These are all 1/4-1/3 yd. and go on a receiver hitch
  5. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    yeah i was planning on keeping a tailgate salter nothing too big 600 lbs or so i dont do enough salting to justify a v-box and i like to see out my back window. i just dont want to spend a big chunk of change because i dont do alot of lot salting really only 3 places about 10 bags a storm the rest is all for side walks and i have a walk behind for that. i have a snow ex now the motor is just getting tired and it has been around the block so rather then spend 300 on a motor. i though i would just get a new one. a spreader lasts me around 10 years or so i really dont use it much
  6. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Magnum Salt Spreaders is the only way to go
  7. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Polyethylene Model

    Stainless Steel Model

    Magnum SUV and Pickup Hopper Salt Spreaders

    Magnum Receiver Salt Spreaders made by Imperial have incorporated a better idea for long lasting operation. Imperial completed an exhaustive study of light-to-medium duty salt Spreaders and found the most common problem was the transmission. Sixty percent of field complaints involved drive mechanisms that would stick or stall. Nearly 40% of users polled had problems with auger power and 27% experienced control or wiring problems. Knowing the weak spots, Imperial set out to eliminate them in the MAGNUM series. These units will spread #1 rock salt, calcium chloride and other ice melting materials in a spread pattern more than 40 feet across.

    Weight Capacity: 350 Pounds
    Cubic Capacity: 5.75 cu ft.
    Hopper Material: 304 Stainless Steel or Polyethylene
    Empty Weight: SS - 130 pounds, Poly - 120 pounds
    Mounting Method: Hitch, 2 inch receiver

    Stainless Steel - 33"H x 49"W x 30"D
    Polyethylene - 35.5"H x 49"W x 30"D

    Standard Equipment: Wiring harness, Variable speed controller with on/off & burst positions, Two ratcheting tie-down straps

    Two Year Warranty
  8. Snowplow71

    Snowplow71 Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Smith Spreaders. The only spreaders we will buy. We had 1 issue with it and it was accually a factory error. The chain was a little to tight (the chain the brings the salt back not the one that turns the motor) so we loosened it in the mean time the guy we called from the factory overnight aired a motor for free and said keep the motor if it turns out the chain is tight ( which he told us to do while we awaighted the motor).
    So we have a spair sitting in the shop for free. What ever you do, go stainless. Not poly unless EVERYTHING is poly. Have a Fisher tail gater, think its a speedcaster, the containter it self is nice but the spinner and frame is falling appart. JMO
  9. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446


    I agree, I also stayed clear of the snow-Ex 8000 Models because of that situation. JMO
  10. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    The Poly and Stainless Salt Doggs are nice
    No rust, and fluid film on everything for the last 3 years :drinkup:
  11. plow time NS

    plow time NS Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Snowex ha s a new spreader it is the SP-1575 it is a smaller version of the 1875 nad can be installed in the reciever hitch, it will spread salt/sand/ or 50/50 mix its capitisy is about the same as the sp-575 check it out
  12. hollywoodh2o

    hollywoodh2o Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hey Guys, I have a bed spreader ( Salt Dogg ) got it last season, used it maybe 5 times last year, it's over kill for the properties that I plow /sand. I want to down size to tail gate spreader. What is the best out there and how much would you think that I could get for the bed sander??
  13. 420CANUCK

    420CANUCK Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    i have a new (well it is used) poly speedcaster i bought used from my dealer for $2200 installed. a new one was $4800 and the used one is two years old. I use it to spead salt on my own company parking lot (park 90 cars) and my 1/4 mile long laneway. anyway, is there a good chance this peader is a piece of crap. Are they durable? We just had 15 cm of snow here two days ago - about 6 inches.